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Socorro dove
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Socorro dove collecting nesting material
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Subfamily: Leptotilinae
Genus: 'Zenaida'
Binomial name
Zenaida graysoni

The Socorro dove (Zenaida graysoni) is a dove that was endemic to Socorro Island on the west coast of Mexico. The last bird was seen there in 1972. For this reason, IUCN has classified the species as extinct in the wild. In captivity, there are not more than about 200 and probably fewer than 100 purebred birds. Because of this, a reintroduction program is being prepared.

It is a close relative of the mourning and eared doves. It was at one time considered a subspecies of the mourning dove.

  • BirdLife International (BLI) (2007). Socorro Dove-BirdLife Species Factsheet. Retrieved 2007-NOV-24.
  • Johnson, Kevin P. & Clayton, Dale H. (2000). A Molecular Phylogeny of the Dove Genus Zenaida: Mitochondrial and Nuclear DNA sequences. Condor 102(4): 864–870. PDF fulltext
  • Schmechel, Ria (2006). Socorro Dove at World Associations of Zoos and Aquariums. Retrieved 2015-JAN-27.
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